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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more


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Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

In some ways.: Add was thought to be a disorder of children and adolescents. Now we realize it doesn't magically disappear when you turn 18. So there may be many untreated adults out there with add that they have had for years. ...Read more

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What intellectual developments occur in later adulthood?

What intellectual developments occur in later adulthood?

Positive ones?: Perhaps resolution of personal anxieties and frustration and development of a quiet confidence that life is unfolding as it should... ...Read more

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Can childhood propioceptive disorder behaviors continue into adulthood?

Can childhood propioceptive disorder  behaviors continue into adulthood?

Yes: Much as with attention-deficit, which was thought to not happen in adults, there is neither a biological reason, nor any evidence that sensory integration / sensory processing disorders like disorders of proprioception should vanish when one becomes an adult. Thus these disorders can definitely persist into adulthood. ...Read more

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Can some autistic symptoms that are stable in childhood, get worse in adulthood?

Can some autistic symptoms that are stable in childhood, get worse in adulthood?

Autism: Autism is characterized by pattern of behaviors and social communication deficits.There may be repetitive patterns or ritualistic behaviors.The improvement with time and therapy helps. Developmental changes aid if therapy continued. The symptoms don't get worse with age. Discuss with a good psychiatrist about aba therapy as that is really helpful all the best. ...Read more

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

Symptoms of adult ADHD?

ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read more

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Is hyperactivity found in all people with adhd?

Is hyperactivity found in all people with adhd?

Nope : Add is a neurobiologic condition that impacts executive control. Management of brain activities is under executive control. So hyperactivity is physical movement that isn't properly controlled. Underactivity is the same as over activity from neurologic perspective. Some add people are overactive, some are underactjve. Hyperactivity is not necessary for an add diagnosis. ...Read more

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In what ways are ADHD symptoms different in adults than in children?

In what ways are ADHD symptoms different in adults than in children?

ADHD: Symptoms of hyperactivity diminsh & become more of a restlessness. In many mpulsivity decreases somewhat as the person matures & develops internal controls. Inattention & distractibility diminish less & tend to be the major issue. People can develop skills to compensate to an extent including career choices that fit their symptoms better. 2/3 continue to have symptoms in adulthood. ...Read more

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Can autism first show its signs in adulthood?

Can autism first show its signs in adulthood?

No: By definition, some symptoms have to be present by 3 years of age. ...Read more

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Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

It certainly can: Hand flapping sometime fades over time, but it is not at all uncommon for it to continue throughout the life of an autistic individual. It is not harmful, per se; but, when excessive, it can interfere with other more productive behaviors. When severe, it sometimes is treated with antipsychotics, which typically reduce both frequency and duration of the hand flapping. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read more

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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...Read more

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Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Yes: These medications are effective in both adults & children. It makes sense to have a comprehensive treatment approach that also involves cognitive behavioral therapy as well as other modalities like mindfulness meditation. ...Read more

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Why is ADHD counted as a learning disability in schools?

Why is ADHD counted as a learning disability in schools?

It isn't. 70% of : cases of ADHD have one or more comorbid neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorder. ADHD is an "Other Health Impairment" eligible for classroom modifications under Section 504 of the ADA. 3-tiered Response To Intervention is for kids with lower & slower academic progress. Evaluation for an Individualized Educational Plan under IDEA determines needed changes in curriculum when RTI doesn't help ...Read more

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Could concerta stop impulsive behaviour in people with adhd?

Could concerta stop impulsive behaviour in people with adhd?

Sometimes: As in most areas of medicine, medications are prescribed and it is hoped that they will work, but they don't always perform at 100% level. Sometimes we have to change the medication or add in another medication to get improvement up to level that the patient and their family desires. Psychotherapy however should also be an important part of the treatment program so that the patient can learn psychological techniques to avoid the impulsivity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Adults: It is more common for children to take things, but the full blown diagnosis of kleptomania is more common in adults. ...Read more

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Now in adulthood, would a person need a new alternative for aderral for adhd?

Now in adulthood, would a person need a new alternative for aderral for adhd?

Maybe: Stimulants are still the drug of choice for adult add. But there may be need to switch meds depending on outcomes or adverse effects. This is part of the close follow up that is absolutely necessary for add patients. Your doctor should check your progress (neurodevelopmental signs) and ill effects at every visit. ...Read more

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Should ADHD patients have abnormal signs since childhood to get the disease?Or the patient was normal person and suddenly he had it in the adulthood ?

Should ADHD patients have abnormal signs since childhood to get the disease?Or the patient was normal person and suddenly he had it in the adulthood ?

Criteria: Current criteria, even after slightly modified recently, requires some signs to have been present during childhood; it is not that necessarily must have been diagnosed at that age. Scales and assessment tools help, as well as a careful history (school, work, collateral info). ...Read more

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How do I get diagnosed with ADHD as adult?

How do I get diagnosed with ADHD as adult?

Ideal Option: Various other disorders can masquerade as adhd: adhd behavioral symptoms overlap widely with symptoms of other disorders such as anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also it's possible to have adhd *and* one or more other disorders. If you want the best 4 yourself, i'd recommend getting a good psychological assessment. Ask around 4 psychs known 4 their psychological assessment skills. ...Read more

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Is there any help out there for an ADHD adult?

Is there any help out there for an ADHD adult?

Yes: Adukts respond to the same medications that children and adolescents with adhd do. Medications like strattera, vyvanse, Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR and Adderall XR are fda approved for adult adhd. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get diagnosed with ADHD as an adult?

Can you suggest how to get diagnosed with ADHD as an adult?

Need evaluation: if you did not have symptoms of ADHD as a young child, it is unlikely to be adult ADHD. You should start with your doctor for a general check up. If nothering found,, a referral to a neuropsychologist would be warranted. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult if you were not as a child?

Can you be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult if you were not as a child?

Yes: It can be complicated diagnosing adhd in adults who did not have that diagnosis as a child, but it certain does happen, especially so-called inattentive adhd. On the other hand, it is important to get a thorough assessment, because other disorders such as depression and anxiety that are more common in adults sometimes create symptoms that mimic adhd. Start with a good, thorough assessment. ...Read more

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read more

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How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

Not determinative: No add "test" is determinative, either for kids or adults. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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I need some advice for adult adhd?

See a professional: Get a full evaluation from a psychologist who can provide psychological testing. Prior to any medication trial make sure the diagnosis is accurate, ruling out depression and anxiety, then consider stimulant meds and ADHD coaching. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adult adhd?

What are the symptoms of adult adhd?

There are a range of: symptoms.Not everyone has them all,but here are some: not finishing tasks or projects started,difficulty remembering appointments,difficulty paying attention,especially when doing repetitive or boring work,easily distracted by noise around you.There are often other conditions along with the ADD that need to be addressed,so please speak to your doctor and they can properly evaluate you for this. ...Read more

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Hello do you specialize in adult adhd?

General ?s on;y here: In this part of HealthTap you get to ask questions and our Doctors can choose to reply if they feel they can offer a bit of help. We have some who specialize in your concern, but you need to wait and see who replies. You can decide to pick from the crew and pay to have direct access. Go to Home page and find a Help icon to do that. Best! ...Read more

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How would you know if you have adult adhd?

How would you know if you have adult adhd?

Need evaluation: The only way to tell if you have adhd is to be evaluated by an experienced health care provider. Ask your doctor or health plan for a referral to someone who specializes in adhd or psychiatry. You can also go to a web site like chadd.Org and search their professional directory. ...Read more

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Where to get evaluated for adult adhd/add?

Where to get evaluated for adult adhd/add?

Adhd diagnosis: Since adhd is a psychiatric diagnosis, listed in dsm-iv, the "best" diagnosis should be done by a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Could I have any tips to cope with adult adhd?

Tips: Get a good amount of sleep - at least 8 hours per night. Eat a well balanced diet, with a protein source at each meal. Keep a consistent schedule. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I really have Adult ADHD?

How can I find out if I really have Adult ADHD?

Adult ADHD diagnosis: ADHD isn't something that we can do a blood test for. But many kids with ADHD struggle with it later in life too. To get a definitive diagnosis, you would need to meet with a psychiatrist or a psychologist with experience in adult ADHD. You can look up the criteria online. You will need to show that several areas of your life have been negatively affected by your inability to concentrate. ...Read more

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Who can diagnose adult ADHD and how do they do it?

Who can diagnose adult ADHD and how do they do it?

Psychiatry: Most psychiatrists & many family doctors are able to diagnose and treat adhd in adults. It is best to ask specifically about the doctor's experience when making an appointment. Neurologists also treat as do nurse practitioners in many states. The experience of the practitioner is important. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the best adult ADHD medication?

I want to know what's the best adult ADHD medication?

Variable: The "best" adhd medication is a person-by-person answer. The individual needs a thorough diagnostic evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or possibly a behavioral neurologist. There are multiple choices of medication, usually stimulants -- but if multiple diagnoses are present, the "best" medication could change. Lso important is the person's progress, so "best" could change with that too. ...Read more

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I think I have adult adhd, what's the best online test?

I think I have adult adhd, what's the best online test?

No Single Test 4 Dx: Many people don't realize that there's no specific test that confirms diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (w/ or w/out hyperactivity). Important 2 rule out difficulties associated w/same symptoms of adhd, incl. Medical conditions, depression, anxiety, etc. Adhd can also be diagnosed in conjunction w/other conditions. 4 mayo clinic on adult adhd see http://mayocl.In/o69pd0. ...Read more

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